function pointer

James J. Besemer jb at
Fri Sep 13 01:42:33 EDT 2002

Gerhard Häring wrote:

>Broken quoting - yuck! Your newsreader is broken. Please repair it (using
>third party software) or make Usenet a better place by throwing away that

I believe this error occured when the line was wrapped by the 
python-list mailer, not necessarily the submitter's newsreader or email 

>If we want to keep the terminology right, Python doesn't have variables. It
>has names and values. 

The fact that The Tutorial and other Python doc uses the term "variable" 
makes it confusing for newcomers.

It's doubly confusing, since the general definitions of a variable seems 
to apply equally well to the corresponding Python thingies.

So, what is the difference between a "name" and a "variable"?  

Or is this merely a distinction without a difference?



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